Valentine’s Day is no joke around here. I mean, it really just gives me a reason to continue putting hearts on everything! So to continue my put-a-heart-on-everything obsession I made some wall hangings that are oh so prefect for Valentine’s Day. But they are so cute you’ll want to leave them up way past the 14th! They are inspired by my friend Jeran’s adorable sisters banner which she made using real gold leather. My version uses gold pleather that can be found at most fabric stores.
Time: 30 minutes per banner
– gold pleather
– heat transfer fabric interfacing
– fabric cut to 12″ x 15″, color or print of your choice
– 12″ wooden dowel
– fabric glue
– two-sided pressure sensitive fusible tape
– white cotton string, for hanging your banner
– XO and heart templates: SVG file (to cut with your Silhouette) or printable PDF template
Step 1: With the fabric wrong side up, place a piece of the fusible tape along the long side of the fabric about 1/2″ from the edge.
Step 2: Peel away the paper backing and fold over the edge. Smooth out any wrinkles.
Step 3: Use a warm iron to press the seam and make the tape adhere to the fabric. (And don’t iron on paper like it looks like I did in this photo—iron on an ironing board or mat!) Repeat steps 1-3 to the other long edge of the fabric.
Step 4: Fold the fabric in half and cut out a triangle to make the banner into a flag shape. Cut in the opposite direction to make a pointed flag (like the heart banner).
Step 5: Add a piece of fusible interfacing to the other short edge of the fabric (not the edge you just cut—the other side). Place the wooden dowel on top of your banner.
Step 6: Remove the paper backing and fold the fabric over the wooden dowel. Press the fabric smooth with your hands and then press it with the iron to adhere the tape.
Step 7: Iron the heat transfer interfacing onto the wrong side of the gold pleather fabric. Make sure to place a scrap piece of fabric on top of the interfacing while you iron. Peel away the paper backing and cut out the letters or the heart. If you’re using a Silhouette, place the fabric on a cutting mat and use the following cut settings:
– Blade 10
– Speed 3
– Thickness 33
– Do not double cut
Apply fabric glue to the backs of the letters or heart. Carefully place them on the banner and press them into place. Allow the glue to dry completely then use the cotton string to hang your banner on the wall.
These banners would be equally cute at a wedding or even adorable in a little girl’s nursery! You can use this same method to make your own custom banner. Just cut your monogram or favorite saying out of the gold pleather and glue it to the banner!
See what else you can make with a cutting machine over on my Silhouette page.